Led Zeppelin Eighth U.K. Tour
November 30, 1972 - January 30, 1973

JANUARY 2 - OVAL HALL, SHEFFIELD CITY HALL, SHEFFIELD, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND (TUESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, The Hunter, In The Light..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Let's Have A Party, Heartbreak Hotel, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< The Shape I'm In..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. Near 111 minutes.
Details: The tape is muffled and hissy with a distinct high-pitch whine throughout. The sound becomes murkier as the show progresses, giving a feeling similar to that of being underwater.

Bootleg CD Reference(s):

Comments: An excellent show in term of the instrumental machine but Robert's vocals are terrible ... he caught the flu hitchhiking to the show when his car broke down so they dropped Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp out from the set. Perhaps the reason they didn't cancel the show was because the rest of the band was in great shape on that night. On this night Page’s solos are impressive all throughout. During Dazed And Confused he plays portions of the riff from The Hunter, and on more than one occasion the group get into prolonged jams on spontaneous unknown riffs, probably to further draw out the time before Plant had to sing again. The outro solo to Dazed contains a nice variation on the riff from In The Light. The guitarwork in Since I’ve Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven again features fantastic Page soloing, and the collective playing in Over The Hills And Far Away, and The Song Remains The Same is very good. Robert's vocals stay very low and his range is not used at all so the band dominates the great medley.

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JANUARY 3 - GRAND HALL, PRESTON GUILDHALL, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND (WEDNESDAY, 8pm) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled because Robert Plant was sick and rescheduled for January 30, 1973.
JANUARY 4 - BRADFORD ST. GEORGE'S HALL, BRADFORD, ENGLAND (THURSDAY) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled because Robert Plant was sick and rescheduled for January 18, 1973.


JANUARY 7 - OXFORD NEW THEATRE, OXFORD, ENGLAND (SUNDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You , Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, Walter's Walk, Hots On For Nowhere..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Almost 94 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors the vocals and percussion.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Ascension In The Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards (Godfatherecords), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), British Story (Wendy Records), Made In England (Tarantura), Nasty Music (Tarantura), Oxford 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Oxford Blues (Flying Disc Music)

Comments: Robert's voice is still incredibly weak from the flu, but the band is definitely on, with Jones and Bonham shining through in this bass and drum heavy soundboard. Jimmy is incredible too, especially in Dazed And Confused, where he indulges in some exotic and strange sounding soloing in the fast section that sounds quite breathtaking amongst the bashing of the rhythm section. The instrumental machine is playing exceptionally which makes up for Robert's sickness. Whole Lotta Love was dedicated to road crew: "Any of our road managers that didn't get arrested in Sheffield. This really is a bit heathen for a Sunday night."

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JANUARY 14 - LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (SUNDAY, 7pm)

Recording Includes: Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care [ cut ], Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Stones In My Passway, Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 116 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape and tends to be bassy in places.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Trouble At The Front/Death Wish Outtakes (Tropo)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Ascension In The Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards (Godfatherecords), Days Of Heaven (Tattytura), The Fabulous Four (Tarantura), Here's One For The M6 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Is One For M6? (Tarantura2000), Live In Liverpool (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Please Open The Door And Let Me In (Beelzebub Records), & Nasty Music (Tarantura)

Comments: An excellent show, even though Robert's voice is severely damaged by the flu. The band is on fire here though! Dazed And Confused has some truly savage playing and the rhythm section owns this show, even though Jimmy plays very well too, especially on the last three numbers. A complete soundboard show except for Rock And Roll missing as the first song ... Robert's voice is gone but this is a really great instrumental concert.

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JANUARY 15 - TRENTHAM GARDENS BALLROOM, HENLEY, STOKE, ENGLAND (MONDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, The Crunge..), Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 110 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors bass and drums. Some sections are a bit overpowering.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): BBC Transcription Services - Stoke (BBCTS)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Broken Fingers (Image Quality), Dedicated To Rizzlers (Equinox), Hot Sticks In Stoke (Beelzebub Records), Live At Trentham Gardens (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Nasty Music (Tarantura), Stroke In Stoke (Red Devil), Soul Brothers (Tarantura2000), Stoke 1973 (Lighthouse), & The Stoker (Tarantura)

Comments: First, the sound here is exceptional. Secondly, even though the entire band is playing incredibly well, Bonham is amazing, using different and unique fills and playing in every song. Black Dog receibed very confusing introduction from the side of Plant: "This is a song about a Labrador that used to come with when we went shooting people ... we don't shot animals!" Whole Lotta Love includes Hendrix's Voodoo Chile and contains some really different playing, singing, and drumming, making it one of the best! Overall, even though Robert's voice is still recovering from the flu, this show is wonderful and relaxed, and the band makes some great music here.

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JANUARY 16 - KING'S HALL, ABERYSTWYTH, ENGLAND (TUESDAY, 7:30pm)


JANUARY 18 - BRADFORD ST. GEORGE'S HALL, BRADFORD, ENGLAND (THURSDAY, 7:30pm)
The show was rescheduled from January 4, 1973.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Just A Little Bit, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Blue Suede Shoes, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Stones In My Passway, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], Immigrant Song.
Source: Incomplete fair audience recording. 128 minutes.
Details: The sound is dull, distant and distorted with only the guitar being vaguely clear in places.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): Just A Little Bit >> Everybody Needs Somebody To Love >> Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Blue Suede Shoes >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> Stones In My Passway >> Going Down Slow >> Whole Lotta Love [ cut ], [ cut ], Immigrant Song [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Near 50 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors bass and drums.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Bradford UK 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Ascension In The Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards (Godfatherecords), The Great Lost Live Album (Nasty Music, 3CD), Heart Attack (Toasted/Condor), Fallin' In Love With The Fallin' Angel (Led Note), Hot Sticks In Stoke (Beelzebub Records), & Summer Colored Nancy (Wendy Records)

Comments: What a great show. Robert's voice is still rough although the emotion comes pouring through as always. The instrumental machine is unbelievable though. Black Dog is a wonderful example of the three playing off of each other, and Dazed And Confused is incredible. Page and Bonham have this amazing interplay, and Jones and Bonham throw in just about every time signature at the drop of a hat, creating a great effect. The medley is long and excellent ... Plant throws so many obscure references in ("Well all need someone to cream on"). Zeppelin nearing the peak!

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JANUARY 21 - SOUTHAMPTON GAUMONT THEATRE, SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND (SUNDAY, 8pm)
Robert Plant took the drums occasionally during this soundcheck. The soundboard tape from the actual show may exist and very likely it is in the hands of group.

Soundcheck Includes: Drums & Mellotron Tuning [ cut ], Love Me, Frankfurt Special [AKA Station Blues], King Creole, Love Me (reprise).
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Near 6 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very well balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Hiawatha Express (Stash)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Ascension In The Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards (Godfatherecords), British Story (Wendy Records), Burn Like A Candle (Tarantura2000), Countdown (Boogie Mama), The Great Lost Live Album (Nasty Music), Hiawatha Express (Toasted/Condor), Hot Sticks In Stoke (Beelzebub Records), Sessions (Antrabata Reference Master), & Studio Sessions Ultimate (scorpio "new")

Comments: It begins with Bonham cursing at a roadie before Bonham, Jones and Plant (no Page) bang out some Elvis hits. Love Me and King Creole are two songs that were never played in any medley so it's good to have these. Between the songs boys are joking a lot and it's very funny to hear the whole band so relaxed and happy.

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JANUARY 22 - GARDEN COURT, WEST REFECTORY, SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY, SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND (MONDAY, 8pm)
Date added to the original itinerary. The whole show was recorded professionally and initially was thought as a part of How The West Was Won album but abandoned later in procees of mixing, mainly because of fact the overall level of performance wasn't enough satisfying.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Stones In My Passway, Going Down Slow [ cut ]..) [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), Mellotron Solo (<< In The Light, McArthur's Park..) >> Thank You, [ cut ], How Many More Times (<< The Hunter..) >> Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete superb soundboard recording. 152 minutes.
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitrack. Isolated track of mellotron portion from Stairway To Heaven has been used for its counterpart released on How The West Was Won album.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Southampton 1973 Part 1-3 (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Any Port In A Storm - The Lost Soundboard Show (Godfatherecords), Burst On Fire (Moonchild Records), The Great Lost Live Album (Nasty Music, 3CD & 2CD), Live At Southampton University - Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Mein Kampf (My Struggle) (Black Dog Rekords), Southampton University (Wendy Records), Southampton University 1973 (Lighthouse), Swastika (Tarantura2000), The Valkyrie's Vigil (Tarantura2000), & What's Else (Beelzebub Records)

Official CD Reference(s): How The West Was Won (Atlantic)

Comments: The show finds the Zeppelin in a smaller venue on a small, carpeted stage. This seems to lend itself to the type of performance given that night - very relaxed, very loose, very cool. Sloppiness abounds, even on well-rehearsed long-time standards, and occasionally yields interesting differences. Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp was dropped out from the set for the second time during this tour. Of particular and special note is an off-hand performance of How Many More Times, which had been retired just over two years prior. You can hear the band play off of each other as they all take turns guiding the music's direction. Plant's voice is shot for most of the performance, typical for the time period. Page experiences sloppiness syndrome on occasion and keeps most of his solos a bit subdued. Bonham also seems to withhold some of the flair - extra fills and subtle nuances - for most of the show. Jones, however, other than a meandering introduction to Thank You, lays down his bass lines as excellently as ever.

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JANUARY 25 - ABERDEEN MUSIC HALL, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND (THURSDAY, 7:30pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], Going Down Slow, The Shape I'm In..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], What Is And What Should Never Be.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 134 minutes.
Details: The tape is distant, very muddy and distorted, susceptible to bass-frequency overloading, and with signs of little background hum. Clarity and definition of the band's instruments is generally poor, and the between-song chatters are often indecipherable.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): A15 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: A very good show in the face of rowdy Scottish audience. Good versions of Dazed And Confused and Heartbreaker, with some great guitar work on Black Dog, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same and Stairway To Heaven. Also Plant's vocals are solid throughout.

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JANUARY 27 - CAIRD HALL, DUNDEE, SCOTLAND (SATURDAY, 7:30pm)

Recording Includes: Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair audience recording. 45 minutes.
Details: The tape is quite muffled and hissy.

Recording Includes: (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): Everybody Needs Somebody To Love >> Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> Going Down Slow >> The Shape I'm In >> Ramble On >> Whole Lotta Love [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Almost 37 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors bass and drums.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard: Trouble At The Front/Death Wish Outtakes (Tropo)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Ascension In The Wane: The January 1973 Soundboards (Godfatherecords), British Story (Wendy Records), From Boleskine To The Alamo (Flying Disc Music), Nasty Music (Tarantura), & A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new")

Comments: I think this is a much better show than previous one with exceptional playing throughout. The Whole Lotta Love Medley contains some nice improvisations and a small snippet of Ramble On, the song which was never played in its entirety until 2007 reunion.

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JANUARY 28 - KING'S THEATRE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (SUNDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..).
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 48 minutes.
Details: The tape is muffled and overloaded, also lies underneath a carpet of hiss.

Bootleg CD Reference(s):

Comments: Another excellent show, although still very incomplete. The most interesting thing on this tape is again another version of Dazed And Confused, with some brilliant guitar passages, just before as the band reaches San Francisco theme.

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JANUARY 30 - GRAND HALL, PRESTON GUILDHALL, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND (TUESDAY)
The show was rescheduled from January 3, 1973.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow..) [ cut ].
Source: Almost complete good to very good audience recording. 125 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and well-balanced although a bit noisy at times.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Plant's Influenza (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Strange Affinity (Electric Magic), & Zep (Tarantura2000)

Comments: The band play very well. All the songs are performed solidly. Page’s solos are spot on, and Bonham puts in some great fills. As well, Plant's voice holds up great. But there is a sense of the band being somewhat tired. But, again, if you go back and listen to those Scottish shows for comparison, you can see that they were pretty tough to beat and perhaps might’ve taken a little bit out of the band. In any case, this is a relaxed and good show. The audience is extremely well-behaved, but also very very quiet. At times you forget that they’re even there. And since the band do seem to take their time between songs, the silence from the audience is punctuated all that much more. There's an unusual passage just after the fast instrumental and Oriental riffs part, just before San Francisco. This would reach perfection two months later in Germany, at some of the best concerts ever given by Led Zeppelin.

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Led Zeppelin Third European Tour
March 2, 1973 - April 2, 1973

MARCH 2 - K.B. HALLEN, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (FRIDAY, 8pm)
MARCH 4 - SCANDINAVIUM ARENA, GOTEBORG, SWEDEN (SUNDAY, 7:30pm)


MARCH 6 - KUNGLIGA TENNISHALLEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (TUESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Hokey Cokey Intro >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, In The Light, Boogie Woogie, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Instrumental Intro >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..), [ cut ], The Ocean [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 140 minutes.
Details: This is clear but very distant tape. There is some reverberation in the recording due to the distance. The drums dominated and the sound is echoey at all.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) & Stockholm Syndrome (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: An average, although still excellent show. Robert's voice is very strong and the band just plows through the set. Pagey playd (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction opening intro just before he launched The Song Remains The Same. Dazed And Confused contains more funk and jazz than heavy rock and is very good. Page's bow solo is very different, and he plays call and response with himself, using octave jumps to create a startling effect. The medley at the end is great fun as always and the end of that and the encores are played with blazing speed and power. A taster of shows to come from this tour.

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MARCH 7 - KUNGLIGA TENNISHALLEN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (WEDNESDAY) (disputed)
MARCH 10 - EKEBERGHALLEN, OSLO, NORWAY (SATURDAY) (cancelled)
The show was cancelled due to the resistance of the authorities and moved to Ghotenburg, Sweden.
MARCH 11 - AHOY ROTTERDAM, ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND (SUNDAY) (disputed)
MARCH 12 - VORST NATIONAAL, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (MONDAY) (disputed)
MARCH 13 - FESTHALLE FRANKFURT, FRANKFURT, GERMANY (TUESDAY) (disputed)


MARCH 14 - NUREMBERG MESSEHALLE, NUREMBERG, GERMANY (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good audience recording. Near 128 minutes.
Details: The recording is a bit distant and kinda overloaded. While the audience is present on the tape, they are not overpowering. The acoustics of the venue are the only real drawback, there is a definite echo to the sound as the music bounced about the hall.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Live In Nuremburg 1973 (Private Collection)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Wendy Records), Nuremburg 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), & Time I Was On My Way (Beelzebub Records)

Comments: Although the sound is borderline good/very good, the show is hot! Robert's voice starts out a little rough but develops into a devastating howl, and the band is playing as well as any night on this tour. The songs are extended, changed and played with such ease that it's frightening. Check out the savage Dazed And Confused, and the amazing medley. Ramble On reference is nothing more than Jimmy strumming the intro section of the song and Robert adding the line but it rocks!

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MARCH 16 - WIENER STADTHALLE, VIENNA, AUSTRIA (FRIDAY, 7pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent 1st audience recording. 90 minutes.
Details: The tape seems to be recorded much close to the stage with little audience noise and some noticeable tape hiss. All the instruments are very clear. Only the bass is overloaded a little bit.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Instrumental Intro >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 128 minutes.
Details: This tape is clear and fairly balanced but distorted a bit and gets muffled towards the end. The biggest problem is speed fluctuation - tape starts to deteriorate during Stairway To Heaven towards the end of the show. Jimmy is a little high in the mix and Jones a little low. Some echo is noted throughout due to distance of taper. Important note is that this source has the most complete time before the show.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Instrumental Intro [ cut ] >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 3rd audience recording. 124 minutes.
Details: This is another strong, full sounding recording taped closer to the stage. The instruments are rather well balanced though vocals are a bit buried in the mix and guitar is the most prominent instrument. Audience noise is not a factor here.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..) [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor..), [ cut ], Instrumental Intro >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 4th audience recording. 125 minutes.
Details: A distant and somewhat blurred tape with a fair balance of everything. Instead of source #2, this tape favours more low end but the other instruments are still well exposed and having no speed issues, this recording offers overall a better listening experience. Some music underneath can be heard at places.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, Killing Floor..), Instrumental Intro >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good 5th audience recording. 126 minutes.
Details: Somewhat close to the stage and good sounding source with all the instruments and vocals fairly mixed throughout. This source isn't as clear and favors low frequencies so sometimes it gets more boomy and muffled. There are some annoying fade outs and other interrupts from the taper himself.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> Killing Floor >> Whole Lotta Love [ cut ], [ cut ], Instrumental Intro >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 60 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 1: The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records) & Wrench In The Works (Screaming Oiseau Records)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 2: Lead Poisoning/Live In Vienna 73 (no label), Vienna Vol. 2 (Geil), & Whole Lotta Rock (no label)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) quick review: Goodnight Vienna (Moonchild Records), Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Lead Poisoning (Flying Disc Music), Lead Poisoning/Live In Vienna 73 (Cobra Standard Series), Matrix Leded (Tarantura2000), A Night At The Opera (Electric Magic), Remains Of The Holy (Cashmere), A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new"), Vienna 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin & Lighthouse)), Wrench In The Works (Cobra Standard Series & Wendy Records), & Zig Zag Zep (Tarantura)

Mixes CD Reference(s):
Goodnight Vienna (Moonchild Records) - audience sources no. 1&3 plus soundboard tape.
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) - audience sources no. 1&3 plus soundboard tape.
The Last Waltz (Beelzebub Records) - audience sources no. 1&3 plus soundboard tape.
Lead Poisoning (Flying Disc Music) - soundboard tape.
Lead Poisoning/Live In Vienna 73 (Cobra Standard Series) - audience source no. 2.
Matrix Leded (Tarantura2000) - audience sources no. 1&3 plus soundboard tape.
A Night At The Opera (Electric Magic) - audience source no. 2 plus unidentified audience source taken from different concert.
Remains Of The Holy (Cashmere) - audience sources no. 1&3 plus soundboard tape.
A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new") - soundboard tape.
Vienna 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin) - audience sources no. 1&2.
Vienna 1973 (Lighthouse) - audience source no.1&2 plus soundboard tape.
Wrench In The Works (Cobra Standard Series) - audience sources no. 2&3.
Wrench In The Works (Wendy Records) - audience sources no.1&3 plus soundboard.
Zig Zag Zep (Tarantura) - audience source no. 1.

Comments: This is one of the greatest Led Zeppelin concerts ever and Dazed And Confused here must be the best ever version .. absolutely amazing. The whole band, but especially Jimmy, is just unstoppable in this show, playing with such force, guts, dynamics and passion that it must be heard to be believed. The boys are in an excellent humour maybe with the exception of Jonesy. Plant: "Mr Jones has colic - must be careful! So all your spiritual feelings must go straight to Mr Hones' stomach." Some time after he also jokes: "It's very nice to be here in Vienna ... you've even got some good groupies!" Dancing Days wad introduced as a song "about little schoolgirls, not too young mind you, and my love for them ... remembered what happened to Jerry Lee Lewis, I think I'll take it easy." Truly outstanding sound and a concert that defies words!

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MARCH 17 - MUNICH OLYMPIAHALLE, MUNICH, GERMANY (SATURDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song, Going Down Slow..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. Near 135 minutes.
Details: This recording is taped fairly close to the stage with very little audience noise and small hiss. The balance is very good but a little chaotic at times and has Jonesy low in the mix. The proximity to the stage and the high quality of the recording make for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Going Down Slow (Tarantura2000), Having A Party (Lighthouse), Lunatics In Munich (Holy Grail), Olympiahalle 1973 (Immigrant), Pure Percy (Flagge), & Sturm Und Drang (Led Note)

Comments: Another absolutely fabulous and exceptional show from the 1973 European Tour ... quite possibly the best Led Zeppelin tour ever! The entire band is playing better than ever before or since, and Jimmy in particular is absolutely incendiary and beyond words. Every song is nailed with amazing playing and Robert's voice for the most part is fairly strong and bursting with passion. Dazed And Confused is one of the best ever and the medley is outstanding. It is getting to be difficult to compare these European concerts ... they are all phenomenal.

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MARCH 19 - DEUTSCHLANDHALLE, BERLIN, GERMANY (MONDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, Superstition..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. 125 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit distant and noisy in the high end but very clear, lacking lower notes significantly. Although there is some tape hiss, it isn't so annoying at all.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop [ cut ] >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Dancing Days, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, Superstition..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 84 minutes.
Details: Buried in hiss and quite bassy tape recorded from some distance. On the plus, this source has good balance.

Recording Includes: (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): [ cut ] Everybody Needs Somebody To Love >> Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> The Lemon Song >> Whole Lotta Love.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Near 23 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 1: A Good Job: Inedits Volume 6 (LZ 73)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1: Let's Have A Party (Graf Zeppelin), Majestic Holies (Immigrant), & Wings Of Desire (Wendy Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Air Raids Over Germany (Tecumseh), Let's Have A Party (ARMS), Nasty Music (Tarantura), A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new"), Twopenny Upright (Antrabata Reference Master), & Wings Of Desire (Wendy Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1 & soundboard mixes: Happy People (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2 & soundboard mixes: Let's Have A Party (Graf Zeppelin)

Comments: A great show from Zeppelin's murderous European tour of 1973. The sound is exceptional, and even though his voice is rough, Robert is very energetic. The playing is amazing, quite possibly the peak of Zeppelin's career. Jones and Bonzo are relentless and Jimmy is so amazing it brings tears to my eyes (as a fellow guitarist!). The contrasts of soft and loud make it wrenching, and some quotations in Dazed And Confused from Rollin' and Tumblin' are a treat.

WARNING! Some sources reported that another tape of this show exist and may still be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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MARCH 21 - HAMBURG MUSIKHALLE, HAMBURG, GERMANY (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< Cold Sweat, San Francisco.. ) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Cold Sweat, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, D'yer Mak'er, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, [ cut ], Let's Have A Party [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 135 minutes.
Details: The recording is quite hissy, distant and somewhat muffled. The distance creates a slight echo that clutters the sound. The instruments are lacking good definition and are overloaded by low frequencies (even harder in few places). What's worse, Most of I Can't Quit You Baby is married by another show superimposed over actual recording.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused (<< Cold Sweat, San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): The Crunge >> Cold Sweat >> Everybody Needs Somebody To Love >> D'yer Mak'er >> Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> The Lemon Song >> Whole Lotta Love [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Almost 56 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard: 1st April (A Paris Affair) (Oh Boy)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Out Of Control (Beelzebub Records) & Suspended Animation (Image Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: 1st April (A Paris Affair) (Oh Boy), Fallin' In Love With The Fallin' Angel (Led Note), Out Of Control (Beelzebub Records), & A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new")

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: Mercy On Me (Lighthouse)

Comments: This show belongs to Page. The playing is overall fantastic through the whole show. Plant throws in a few shouts of Cold Sweat prior to San Francisco (and later before the Whole Lotta Love melodies). Bonham tries shifting into The Crunge during Dazed And Confused, but no one else follows his lead. Not to be denied his efforts, he then launches into a battle with Page. It progresses into an exchange not heard since Bring It On Home. Furthermore, at the end of the battle, Page plays the chords that would have lead back to Bring It On Home's main theme. A classic in a classic! The D'yer Mak'er part of Everybody Needs Somebody To Love amounts to nothing but a few "Oh"s from Plant but it's still great.

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MARCH 22 - GRUGAHALLE, ESSEN, GERMANY (THURSDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< Cold Sweat, San Francisco, Walter's Walk..), Stairway To Heaven [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. Near 93 minutes.
Details: The recording is fairly clear although a bit muffled at times. The bass is prominent in the mix.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< Cold Sweat, San Francisco, Walter's Walk..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Turn On Your Love Light, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], The Lemon Song..), Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. Almost 102 minutes.
Details: A really enjoyable and quite clear audience tape recorded much close to the stage. The recording is boomy a touch but that's all. It was taped from the floor, approximately 30 feet in a front of the stage. The recorder ate one of the tape so the middle part of the concert is absent.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused (<< Cold Sweat, San Francisco, Walter's Walk..) [ cut ], [ cut ], (an excerpt from Whole Lotta Love medley): Everybody Needs Somebody To Love >> Turn On Your Love Light >> Boogie Chillun >> Baby I Don't Care >> Let's Have A Party >> I Can't Quit You Baby >> The Lemon Song >> Whole Lotta Love [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 51 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 1: Live In Essen West Germany 1973 Vol. 1&2 (Magic Market)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) quick review: Cold Sweat (Moonchild Records & Tarantura2000), Essen 1973 (Savage Beast Music), Essential Led (Flying Disc Music), Essentially Led Complete (Live Remains), Gracias! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), A Real Big Spender (Beelzebub Records), & A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new")

Mixes CD Reference(s):
Cold Sweat (Moonchild Records) - audience sources no. 1&2 plus soundboard tape.
Cold Sweat (Tarantura2000) - audience sources no. 1&2 plus soundboard tape.
Essen 1973 (Savage Beast Music) - audience source no. 1.
Essential Led (Flying Disc Music) - soundboard tape.
Essentially Led Complete (Live Remains) - audience sources no. 1&2 plus soundboard tape.
Gracias! (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) - audience sources no. 1&2 plus soundboard tape.
A Real Big Spender (Beelzebub Records) - audience sources no. 1&2.
A Soundboard Platter (Scorpio "new") - soundboard tape.

Comments: The fact is, every show Zeppelin performed in Austria and Germany in March of 1973 is a gem and they each have a characteristic to them that makes them wonderful in their own rights. Vienna is high energy and satisfying, Munich is smooth and more stretched out on the improves, Berlin is tight but also very heavy and charged, Hamburg is technical and frantic, and Offenburg is the tightest and most confident overall. But this show is perhaps the technical and inspirational peak, especially for Page and Bonham. It has all the playing and energy of the other shows, but with so much more charisma. Page’s guitar work and Bonham’s drumming in Dazed And Confused are both unbelievable. They pull out phrases and rhythms the like of which they hadn’t done before and will not achieve again on this tour. Every improvised note is played with an authority and power that is superiorly different from the other shows. Old riffs and passages have a new color to them and the solos just flow endlessly. It is as if they each kept going further and further out on a limb, pushing the envelope of their abilities. After this they were never able to really play with this amount of spirit on this songs this way again!

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MARCH 23 - COLOGNE SPORTHALLE, COLOGNE, GERMANY (FRIDAY) (discredited)


MARCH 24 - ORTENAUHALLE, OFFENBURG, GERMANY (SATURDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Cold Sweat, Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 1st audience recording. 120 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and well balanced with a few slight channel fluctuations throughout. The recording is very atmospheric.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love medley incl. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..).
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd recording. 132 minutes.
Details: A less clear and more distant source that is a bit boomy. Still well balanced and with good instruments separation.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) source 1: Custard Pie (Rock Solid Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), & No Page Unturned (Nova & Wendheath)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Cold Sweat (Live Remains), Custard Pie (Cobra Standard Series), & Led Zeppelin Triunph-Zug (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Not Warm It's Hot (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Offenburg 1973 (Lighthouse), & Sweet At Night (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: As for the interaction between the group and audience, this is undoubtledly the best show from the European tour and one of the greatest shows ever. Jimmy is just unbelievable in his solos, especially on Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven. Dazed And Confused is amazing and the entire set is slick and improvised. Robert's voice sounds very strong and Bonham and Jones are a rhythm section possessed. The only negative is that Dancing Days wasn't perfomed at this show.

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MARCH 26 - PALAIS DES SPORTS DE GERLAND, LYON, FRANCE (MONDAY, 8:30pm)
The power went off during Stairway To Heaven and the band resumed when the power was restored.

Recording Includes: Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party [ cut ], I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song..), [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 132 minutes.
Details: Muddy and overloaded recording. The overloading seems to lessen a bit later on in the show, but it does get bad at times in the first half of the show, to the point where there's actually harmonics being created by the distortion. Stairway To Heaven is heavily interrupted and you can still hear Plant holding the note after the power cuts.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away, Black Dog [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Near 3 minutes.
Details: Shot from the right side of the stage. Very close footage; taken probably from first few rows, showing band members occupying entire screen. Some versions are synched up with March 24th, 1973 audio, some other utilizes remainder of audio tape from the actual show.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Grimoire (Tarantura2000) & Lyon 1973 (no label aka Historic Recordings)

Comments: Shitty sounding but great recording. The main drawback is the fact that the drums and vocals are inaudible and bass and guitar are mushed heavily in the mix. The show itself is hot and powerful and stands at the same level as all European dates, contains lots of wild improvisations and sudden tempo changes. Similar to previous nights, the most brightest moments are spectacular versions of Dazed And Confused and Whole Lotta Love. A strange thing also happens near the beginning of Jimmy's bow solo, as if his guitar all of a sudden went way out of tune, which results in him tuning it and then the rest of the band sort of jamming behind him for a while - quite chaotic sounding! The interruption during Stairway is the power going out right before the fanfare section going into the solo. An impact and powerful Heartbreaker closes this magic evening.

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MARCH 27 - NANCY PARC DES EXPOSITIONS, NANCY, FRANCE (TUESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 104 minutes.
Details: The tape is distant, slowly deteriorating over time and rather little overloaded in places.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Heavy Machinery/The Dirty Trick (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue) & Summer Colored Nancy (Wendy Records)

Comments: Another great discovery, especially for Bonham fans, who seems to be waging all out war against his drum kit. Not really bad but the band seems to be a bit tired, and problems with local promoters (Plant called one of them as "a big pig" in French), caused of shorter set - Dancing Days and Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp were dropped out from this show.

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MARCH 29 - MARSEILLES, FRANCE (THURSDAY) (cancelled)
This date was canceled due to riots. Other sources reported also problems with local promotors.
MARCH 31 - LILLE, FRANCE (SATURDAY) (cancelled)
This date was canceled due to riots. Other sources reported also problems with local promotors.


APRIL 1 - CENTRE SPORTIF, SAINT-OUEN, SEINE-SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE (SUNDAY, 6pm)
There are some reports stated that one of the Paris show was to be broadcast on radio and reportedly it was actually taped but the tapes were grabbed by Peter Grant right after the show and the broadcast never occured.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Dancing Days, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby [ cut ], The Lemon Song..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 102 minutes.
Details: The recording is distant, boomy and bass line goes into a mush. There are occasions when the sound clears and the source sound better. There are significant changes in dynamic levels throughout.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], [ cut ], Dancing Days, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care, Let's Have A Party, I Can't Quit You Baby, The Lemon Song..).
Source: Incomplete poor to fair 2nd audience recording. Near 117 minutes.
Details: This is very distant, muddy, distorted and echoey tape; detail is often difficult to hear so it's fair at best. There are occasions when the sound clears and the source sound closer.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: No Bottle No Bottle Don't Push (Beelzebub Records) & Vive La France (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: France receives Zeppelin in a storm of cheers! As for this performance, it is perhaps the sleeper hit of the entire European 1973 tour. A straight-forward and no-frills show, this gig is a definite consolidation show. Whereas Page and Bonham seemed to have toned down their incredible technique at the shows in Lyon and Nancy, here in Paris they are definitely back at it, and this show features more stunning playing from the both of them. All of the usual spots are performed excellently ... the solo portion in Over The Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, the Whole Lotta Love medley ... Again, more of that unpredictable rhythmic fury from Bonham, and that fluid and emotionally expressive playing from Page. This might actually be the duo's most polished performance of the tour, having just enough of that frenetic energy from the week before, but mixed with a confident and effortless presentation. What makes this particular show all that more of a standout is that this is also the best voice that Plant has been in since before his vocal crash in January.

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APRIL 2 - CENTRE SPORTIF, SAINT-OUEN, SEINE-SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE (MONDAY, 9pm)
There are some reports stated that one of the Paris show was to be broadcast on radio and reportedly it was actually taped but the tapes were grabbed by Peter Grant right after the show and the broadcast never occured.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Whole Lotta Love (<< Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Going Down, Boogie Chillun, Baby I Don't Care [ cut ]..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 1st audience recording. Near 103 minutes.
Details: The tape is nice balanced but the bass line again is blurred in the mix and recording is a bit echoey, likely because of the acoustics. It has a good sense of atmosphere though. The start of Rock And Roll is heavily damaged due to extreme distortion.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, [ cut ], Out On The Tiles Intro >> Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, Dancing Days, [ cut ], Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp (<< That's The Way..) [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete poor to fair 2nd audience recording. 79 minutes.
Details: This is really bad sounding tape: hissy, muddy and distant, with a large amount of distortion. Again, detail is often difficult to hear, just as with the previous date.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Vive Le Zeppelin (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Just like the night before at the venue, the performance is again wonderful. Like every show on this tour, the highlight is the interaction between Page and Bonham. Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love ... And just like the night before, with Plant's renewed vocals, the ensemble is again in perfect synchronicity. But if any of the group could be given preference, amidst all of this excellence, perhaps the biggest star of the night is Bonham, who in particular gives no let up at this show. His playing is as spontaneous and as satisfying as it has been all tour. Thankfully, the rest of the band are right there with him. Everyone has room to breathe, and the songs are executed perfectly. Apart from Plant's complaints of not being able to hear his stage monitors, the show goes off without incident. Misty Mountain Hop gets Plant's: "This is a song about the English police, and a bad case of hashish." Just before Stairway To Heaven, Plant tells someone in the audience that they look like a "French Car Driver!" After the song, he makes a joke in French to the audience about being tired, to which they respond "No!". Whole Lotta Love starts with a nice improv'd jam from Page, with Bonham and Jones joining right in behind him. Bonham starts a fantastic stop-start funk beat to start off the theremin section, and as the band continues, Plant can be heard singing to the audience in French to calm down. The band give the audience a rare treat by including a performance of I'm Going Down just before the Boogie Chillun section.

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Led Zeppelin Ninth U.S. Tour
May 4, 1973 - July 29, 1973

MAY 00 - UNKNOWN LOCATION (THURSDAY)
Very possibly that this soundcheck could took place on May 4, 1973 at the Braves Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia.

Soundcheck Includes: Sugar Baby [AKA Strawberry Jam] (take 1) [ cut ], [ cut ], Sugar Baby [AKA Strawberry Jam] (take 2) [ cut ], Sugar Baby [AKA Strawberry Jam] (take 3), The Wanton Song (take 1), The Wanton Song (take 2), The Rover (take 1), The Rover (take 2), The Rover (take 3), [ cut ], Night Flight (take 1) [ cut ], Night Flight (take 2), Night Flight (take 3), Night Flight (take 4), Night Flight (take 5), Night Flight (take 6), Hail Hail Rock 'N' Roll, Nadine, Round And Round, Move On Down The Line, Love Me Like A Hurricane, Move It (C'mon Pretty Baby), Dynamite, Shakin' All Over, Hungry For Love, I'll Never Get Over You, Reelin' And Rockin', Surrender, drumming and organ [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard soundcheck recording. 56 minutes.
Details: The tape is a very well balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Get The Boogie (Whispering Souls Authentic Vinyl Records), Soundcheck Mid-70's (no label), & A Tribute To Johnny Kidd And The Pirates (Kidd)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): The Astrocity Exhibition (scorpio "new"), Back To The Good Times (Beelzebub Records), Chicago 1973 Soundcheck (Wendy Records), The Lost Sessions Volume 5 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Magical Mystery Tape (Tarantura), Round And Round (Ghost Records), Sessions (Antrabata Reference Master), The Smithereens (Akashic, 3CD), Studio Sessions Ultimate (scorpio "new"), Tribute To Johnny Kidd And The Pirates (scorpio "old"), & Zoso's Back To Rock And Roll (Oh Boy)

Comments: The exact venue from the 1973 tour is not known but judging from Robert's voice still wasn't degenerated as on latter part of the tour, very likely it comes from the very start of May. And what a great piece this is! Robert sounds wonderful on the 50's oldies, as does the whole band, and many songs that would see much later release, such as Night Flight, The Rover, and The Wanton Song, are being worked on here. Sugar Baby is an awesome funky workout with Robert singing the melody. Shakin' All Over is markedly different from The Who's definitive version and is effective. A great snapshot of a band developing new music and having fun with the old!

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MAY 4 - ATLANTA STADIUM, GEORGIA, ATLANTA (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Fragments were used on "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997.

Recording Includes: Crowd Footage, Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Miscellaneous scenes [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm color professional footage with actual sound. Almost 4 minutes.
Details: At least half of it is a crowd footage. Music content is shot from the right side of behind the stage and it's distant a bit. TV documentary. Circulated in two versions: first has most of music and crowd footage, second is mainly after the show footage showing stadium's staff cleaning the venue.

WARNING! Some sources reported that tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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MAY 5 - TAMPA STADIUM, TAMPA, FLORIDA (SATURDAY, 8pm)
The show is married by some problems with the crowd. Partially, it was filmed by local TV news crew at the front of the stage.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog >> Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 1st audience recording. 135 minutes.
Details: This is almost excellent sounding tape from very close to the monitors with very little audience noise and only some tape hiss. The sound lacks the bottom end very significantly but this caused of very clear sound without almost any distortion.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog >> Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick >> Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean, Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. 122 minutes.
Details: This source is too much close to the stage but more muddy.

Recording Includes: Miscellaneous scenes (main theme: NBC "Pulse" reports about actual show. Reporter: John Johns), Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm color professional footage with and without actual sound. 3 minutes.
Details: Shot on the floor level next to the stage with crowd seeing at the beginning. Shot by TV for documentary. Studio version of Misty Mountain Hop voice over on the The Song Remains The Same 2007 edition - a version synched up with the audience recording circulates on its own.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): The Beat Goes On: Inedits Volume 4 (Beat) & Quantient (Sad Songs)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: 56,700 Fans Together And Boogie (Rock Calendar Records), First Day (ARMS), & Quantient (Cobra Standard Series)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: 56,800 In The Ocean (Silver Rarities) & Tampa Stadium (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Pigeon Blood (Flagge) & Top Of The World (Badgeholders)

Official Visual Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video, 2007 edition)

Comments: The second show of the US Tour in front of a record breaking audience that is also completely out of control! "Hello. It seems between us we've done something nobody's ever done before ... and that's fantastic!" Robert asking the crowd for calm here and there. The playing varies between brilliant and sloppy. Dazed And Confused is a fine example of this. Some sections sound great and others have Jimmy way by himself. The drum solo (which is much shortened when compared to latter versions from this tour) segues into Heartbreaker and then into Whole Lotta Love, the only time this is ever done. A very good show but not tops and nowhere near the nirvana reached in just a week.

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MAY 6 - ST. PETERBSURG, FLORIDA (discredited)
MAY 7 - JACKSONVILLE MEMORIAL COLISEUM, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (MONDAY, 8pm)
MAY 10 - TUSCALOOSA MEMORIAL COLISEUM, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (THURSDAY, 8pm)
MAY 11 - ST. LOUIS ARENA, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (FRIDAY, 8pm)


MAY 13 - MOBILE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, MOBILE, ALABAMA (SUNDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 114 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): IV 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), Alabama Getaway (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Heritage Strain (Tarantura2000), Goin' Mobile (Midas Touch), May Daze Vol. 1 (Beelzebub Records), Mobile Dick (Oh Boy), Speed Freaks (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Upwardly Mobile/Mobile Dick (Ghost Music)

Comments: This show is spectacular. The band is in top form and deliver one of the best from this tour. Jimmy's playing is incredibly fluent and great, especially on Misty Mountain Hop leading to Since I've Been Loving You. Over The Hills And Far Away has few very unusual and exciting guitar passages by Mr. Pagey. Dazed And Confused is beyond description, and the whole show is timeless. "Malacum Salaam! - It's a bit of Indian." says Robert at one point.

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MAY 14 - NEW ORLEANS MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (MONDAY)
The show is married by rowdy audience.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, Crossroads..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Cold Sweat, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< Cold Sweat..).
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 151 minutes.
Details: This is a truly a wonderful find. It is very dynamic and atmospheric and is thus generally more enjoyable than the soundboard. Tape hiss, although is noticebale, is a minor here.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco, Crossroads..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Cold Sweat, Boogie Chillun [ cut ]..), Communication Breakdown (<< Cold Sweat..).
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 149 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that favors bass and drums a bit.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard: New Orleans Voodoo Cult Authority (The Swingin' Pig Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Bourbon Street Renegades (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Do The James Brown (Beelzebub Records), Drag Queen (Tarantura), Johnny Piston & The Dogs (Thin Men), Live And Led Live/Live And Led Live Again (Flying Disc Music), & New Orleans 1973 (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: Bourbon Street Renegades (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Crossroads From New Orleans (Scorpio), The Drag Queen (Moonchild Records), Drag Queen Of New Orleans (Godfatherecords & Wendy Records), New Orleans 1973 (Lighthouse), & The Witch Queen (Tarantura2000)

Comments: If the previous show was nirvana, this one is beyond that. An excellent show with rowdy audience that caused the reaction from the side of the authorities. "We've got to get these house lights down. It's pretty pointless us bringing our own lights, if we've got these things going on. Mr Cole, can you take your dress off and get these lights turned down please?" asked Plant in rather humorously mood. His voice is cracking and breaking all over the place, but the band is playing exceptionally well, and from Dazed And Confused on, this show reaches its peak. Dazed has a unique, very dark and thrilling bow solo and Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love and the encore are gutsy and raw and Robert has recovered. John Bonham was introduced as the Drag Queen of New Orleans.

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MAY 16 - SAM HOUSTON COLISEUM, HOUSTON, TEXAS (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Going Down, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 143 minutes.
Details: The tape is highly overloaded and it is obvious that the equipment used originally to record this concert was not enough resistible to accept such loud so listening to it is very painful.

Recording Includes: Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Going Down, Boogie Chillun..), Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 62 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Going Down (Watch Tower), May Daze Volume 4 (Beelzebub Records), Quick Diet (Godfatherecords), & Two Nights In May (Celebration Definitive Masters)

Comments: One word describes this show...violent! The band's playing and attack is relentlessly aggressive ... listen to No Quarter, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker ... they are pushing everything to the limit. The vibrant, overloading recording only helps to emphasize this quality ... this is a great show; Robert really pushes himself to the max with the rest of the band. Misty Mountain Hop was tonight introduced as a song "about what happens when you take a stroll on a Sunday afternnon with a packet of cigarette papers and some good grass and ... I'm not advocating it ... just telling the story!"

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MAY 18 - DALLAS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, DALLAS, TEXAS(FRIDAY, 8pm)
The show is married by equipment problems.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Near 104 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Fractured Ribs (Toasted Recordworks) & Hiawatha Express (Stash)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Dallas 1973 (Lighthouse), Dallas Triumphant Return (Wendy Records), Discover America (Tarantura), Four For Texas (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Fractured Ribs (Graf Zeppelin), Fractured Ribs/Heart Attack (Toasted/Condor), Hiawatha Express (Toasted/Condor), May Daze Vol. 2 (Beelzebub Records), & Plays Oldie But Goodie (Tarantura2000)

Comments: This is all that exists from this show. A mixed performance rushed and tense for the most part as Jones is playing with fractured ribs! "John Paul Jones has got two fractured ribs and he's still managing to stand. I think that's fantastic! That's not really fun at all ... we thought he'd got the clap." The first three numbers are very rushed and sloppy and also Celebration Day is plugged with problems with monitors but Since I've Been Loving You is outstanding and Dazed And Confused is rather loose but very exciting, energetic and bow solo is very dark.

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MAY 19 - TARRANT COUNTY ARENA, FORT WORTH, TEXAS (SATURDAY, 8pm)
The show is married by equipment problems.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 105 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Butter Queen (Moonchild Records), Fort Worth Express (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & 2 reissues), From Boleskine To The Alamo (Flying Disc Music), I'm With The Band (Tarantura2000), May Daze Vol. 3 (Beelzebub Records), Tympani For The Butterqueen (Midas Touch), & Worthwhile Experience (Flying Disc Music)

Comments: Another great sounding show. The whole band sounds strong with some immense drumming from Bonham. Robert screeches and sounds strong and Jimmy and Jonesy steamroll through the set. Another shame the rest of the gig isn't available. During Black Dog the audience semmed to be quite dull so Plant commenting that: "What happened to you on the Ah! - Ah!? You were jerking off. What happened?" Also monitor problems truncated Since I've Been Loving You.

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MAY 22 - HEMISFAIR ARENA, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (TUESDAY, 7pm)


MAY 23 - UNIVERSITY ARENA, ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (WEDNESDAY)
It is also known as The Pit.

WARNING! Some sources reported that tape of this show exist and may currently be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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MAY 25 - DENVER COLISEUM, DENVER, COLORADO (FRIDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun..), Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 26 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Dallas Triumphant Return (Wendy Records), Fractured Ribs (Graf Zeppelin), Going Down (Watch Tower), Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records), May Daze Vol. 5 (Beelzebub Records), & Two Nights In May (Celebration Definitive Masters)

Comments: This concert is one of the better from this tour, sadly only the last half is available. All songs presented here are playing with passion and energy. A massive version of Heartbreaker leads to the bombastic Whole Lotta Love that contains very nice rendition of John Lee Hoker's Boogie Chillun. A hurricane Communication Breakdown closing this amazing show.

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MAY 26 - THE SALT PALACE, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (SATURDAY 8pm)
The show is married by guitar problems.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge..), Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 109 minutes.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 116 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Heavy Machinery/Dirty Trick (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Georgia On My Mind (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records), Salt Lake City 1973 (Watch Tower), & Unidentified Live (Celebration Definitive Masters)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: For Frienzed Crowd (Wendy Records)

Comments: After few very intense and highly energetic shows this one is a step down. Pagey is kinda in "sticky finger" mode tonight, but it's not that bad and overall he puts in a great show. He breaks a string during Over The Hills And Far Away and Plant seizes the idle time to chat up the crowd. Jonsey starts in on keyboards to waste some time and Georgia On My Mind blossoms from the tinkering. This only lasts a few verses before Plant stops it "The night club is now closed down and we can get on with the concert..." and Jimmy's guitar has been fixed. For some reason Jimmy is clearly audible singing the Whole Lotta Love choruses as never before or after!! The tape runs out shortly after The Bridge section of Whole Lotta Love and then ends suddenly. Overall a good show but not their best from this tour and a very rare example when they dropped medley section out from this song.

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MAY 28 - SAN DIEGO SPORTS ARENA, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (MONDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], No Quarter (<< Everyday People..) [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Honey Bee, Boogie Chillun, Going Down..), The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 124 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Beautiful Reciprocal Arrangement (Wendy Records), Led Zeppelin Is Genius (Beelzebub Records), May Daze Vol. 5 (Beelzebub Records), Quick Diet (Godfatherecords), San Diego 1973 (Watch Tower), & Three Days Before (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & 2 reissues)

Comments: This show is something like a group's attempt to returning to a good form but still the band is little loose. Page flubs twice during the last part of Black Dog, repeating the bum note to make it seem intentional after the first mistake, then bursting with another flurry of notes, as he attempts the end the song a second time. No Quarter is a really nice version here and Jonesy is in peak form tonight playing some really interesting jazzy notes. Curiously, Moby Dick is played right after Dazed And Confused and Plant introduces Bonzo as something the people in China and Korea are never gonna see; something the people in Russia will never get a chance to look at; a gentleman “full of shit and speed”. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s guitar goes mute, leaving Jonsey and Bonzo alone. After some fun during Heartbreaker, as the boys chase each other around, perhaps the highlight of this set follows. After the theremin madness, Jones launches into a bit of The Crunge, but it’s ignored by Page. Plant then sings a bit of Honey Bee, answered by a flurry of buzzing notes from Page, circa 1970! After that brief interlude, and a tease of “one night….” from Plant, Page answers with notes from Going Down. Plant and company pick up on this and the band launches into a full version of the song, complete with solo, a real rarity during the more static shows of the 1973 US Tour. A rousing version of “The Ocean” closes out the show.

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MAY 30 - THE FORUM, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (WEDNESDAY, 8pm)
The show was cancelled because Jimmy Page sprained his hand at the airport and rescheduled to June 3, 1973.


MAY 31 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (THURSDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], Happy Birthday to Bonham, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent 1st audience recording. 124 minutes.
Details: That tape source contains very little tape hiss and is positioned much close to the stage. It is the brightest sounding of all three audience tape sources. There is no distortion and overall spectrum is very clear.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Happy Birthday to Bonham [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean, [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete good to very good 2nd audience recording. 150 minutes.
Details: It starts of distant and muddy but obviously the taper had moved to a better position by the time the band played Black Dog, the atmosphere and music come through upfront and strong from there. Some tape hiss is available as well as distortion.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop [ cut ] >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Happy Birthday to Bonham, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], [ cut ], The Ocean [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete very good 3rd audience recording. 141 minutes.
Details: The sound is quite clear and fairly close to the stage, with very bright high end and with a good balance of instruments.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. Almost 103 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, Dazed And Confused [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent black and white amateur footage. 3 minutes.
Details: Closely shot, band members height fills screen. Some versions are erroneously billed as being from Los Angeles June 3rd, 1973 show and have sound dubbed from that tape. Others are synched up with existing audio from the show.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience: Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Rock Solid Records), Bonzo's Birthday Party (Berkeley, Box Top Records, K&S Records, Titanic, & Trade Mark Of Quality both issues), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Live In Zurich (Toasted Records), More From Bonzo's Birthday Party (no label), & Trade Mark Of Quality Years (Trade Mark Of Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1: The Trade Mark Of Quality Masters Volume One: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Flying Disc Music)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Cobra Standard Series & Empress Valley Supreme Disc's 9CD box - version 2)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 3: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Mud Dogs & Tarantura) & Bonzo's 25th Birthday (ARMS)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1 & 2 mixes: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Sanctuary & The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2 & 3 mixes: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Empress Valley Supreme Disc's 9CD box - version 1)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) all 3 audience source mixes: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Empress Valley Supreme Disc's 9CD & 3CD, & Graf Zeppelin) & Bonzo's Birthday Party Collector's Edition (Neverland)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Empress Valley Supreme Disc & Watch Tower), Bonzo's Birthday Party Collector's Edition (Neverland), Bonzo's Birthday Party Definitive Edition (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Bonzo's Birthday Presents (Celebration Definitive Masters), & May Daze Volume 4 (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: Bonzo's Birthday Party (Lighthouse & Wendy Records)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), & Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules)

Comments: An amazing show on Bonham's 25th birthday. "Today, John Bonham is 21 (sic!) - he's always 21! I've known the birthday baby for about fiveteen years ... and he's been a regular bastard all the time!" The group all celebrates, turning in one of their finest performances ever and Plant led led the crowd through a few verses of Happy Birthday to Bonzo! Every song features incredible playing from everyone, and the long improvisations are top notch ... of particular note are that during this concert through the June 3rd one, Jimmy is playing with a sprained left finger and ices it between numbers ... his playing is so amazing I never would have known it!

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JUNE 2 - KEZAR STADIUM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (SATURDAY, START AT 10am, Led Zeppelin had been planned at 2pm but took the stage at 3:30pm)
Support from Roy Harper, The Tubes, and Lee Michaels. Bill Graham introduced all the acts. The show was late because the band arriving at the stage and found all the equipment wasn't worked properly.

Recording Includes: Robert Plant Announcements, [ cut ], Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco.. ) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], The Ocean, Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent audience recording. Near 137 minutes.
Details: The recording is rather well balanced and from very close to the stage with very little audience noise near the recorder. Tape hiss is also present on this but it's manageable.

Recording Includes: Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Just A Little Bit, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown, [ cut ], The Ocean, [ cut ], Band Announcements [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 60 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: The footage capturing scenes from before the actual show, Rock And Roll, No Quarter [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 3 minute.
Details: Very distant, recorded from one of the buildings close to the stage except for arriving part. Then tape shows the crowd. The band is shown from big distance so it’s difficult to see individual members. Some of copies circulated are synched up with existing audio and adds audio from The Song Remains The Same movie for the arriving part (police sirens).

Recording Includes: Crowd footage, Rock And Roll, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 16mm color professional footage with actual sound. Near 2 minutes.
Details: A minute is included of crowd footage. Actual music is shot on the floor level next to the stage. Looks like TV documentary.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience: Persistence (Roon Dog)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Acid And Sunshine (Tarantura2000), Best Vibes In Frisco (Jelly Roll), The Grateful Lead (Tarantura2000), Persistence Kezar (Holy), Rock And Roll Ever (Akashic), Takka Takka (Tarantura), Two Days After (Immigrant), & Who's Next? (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Mary Kezar (Wendy Records, original & 2 reissues) & The Vibes Are Real (Watch Tower)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: A Celebration For Being Who You Are (Godfatherecords), Imperial Kezar (Electric Magic), Led Five (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), & Mary Kezar (Wendy Records, original & reissue)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) amateur movie: Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional movie: Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), & Latter Visions/The Best Of Led Zeppelin Clips Volume Two (Celebration Definitive Masters)

Comments: A really big outdoor festival show and one of the greatest concerts ever! The sound is amazing and Robert's voice is very powerful ... he screams and gets right up there for perhaps the last time in his career ... his range would be lessened on the following tours. Finding all the equipment not ready to play on. Robert made a fine statement before any tune was performed: "As we've been awake for a total of about two and a half hours, it doesn't really seem that we should be doing what we're doing right now, but I believe there's something to do with lightness and darkness, so we'll try a bit of lightness! Actually, I feel quite healthy. It's quite an amazing feat to be awake in the daylight ... Now, if I was cool I should put the mike in the stand and clear off until everything works right. Well, thank you very much for a great show, we'll see you in five minutes." The entire band shines on this show, and Dazed And Confused is one of the best versions ever with Bonham and Jones going crazy at the end with the complex rhythms. No Quarter is one of the best 1973 versions and the entire show is excellent! A (in)famous fight between Graham and Bonham backstage found their way in Plant's comments before as the band launched an introduction to Communication Breakdown: "We've just had a bit of water confrontation with a few people round the back, which keeps our name alive. We'd like to thank Bill Graham for getting it all together. That man has given you more music in eight years than anybody else has ever given music anywhere else in the world. I'm glad you realise it ... I hope he pays for us to get home now ... he never pays us any money!"

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JUNE 3 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (SUNDAY, 8pm)
The show was rescheduled from May 30st, 1973.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog [ cut ], [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Going Down, I'm A Man, The Hunter, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean, Communication Breakdown (<< The Crunge..), Organ Solo >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 175 minutes.
Details: This is another great audience recording from very close to the stage with very good balance of all the instruments. Some annoying audience comments are picked up but they are minor. One channel drops in and out for long periods of time on the first few songs up until Since I've Been Loving You and sporadically afterwards until towards the end of Dazed and Confused which is pretty much error free until the end of the recording. There are major wow/flutter issues that start in the middle of No Quarter and persist until the end of The Rain Song and show back up for about a minute during the bow solo section of Dazed And Confused and during the audience applause after Whole Lotta Love and the first encore.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Archipelago (Ze Anonym Plattenspieler), Atomic Asteroid (72016), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Sin City Social (K&S Records), & Three Days After (Box Top Records, Rock Solid Records, Titanic, Toasted Records, & Trade Mark Of Quality both issues)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Three Days After (Cobra Standard Series, Empress Valley Supreme Disc, Silver Rarities, & Wendy Records), The Trade Mark Of Quality Masters Volume One: Three Days After (Flying Disc Music), & Two Days After (Immigrant)

Comments: The last show of the first leg of the 1973 US Tour features the best show from 1973. Robert is in incredible voice, John Paul is amazing as always, Bonham is thunderous and grooves and Jimmy, despite a sprained left finger (?!) is as amazing as ever! "You shouldn't have been here tonight and we should have been in England! As you know, the concert you originally had to come to was cancelled because of Jimmy's finger. Now, this finger is very susceptible to strain and ligament pulling. Jimmy's had his finger in a bucket of cold water offstage, completely, the whole of the time since the concert was cancelled. I think he's doing really well and that's a fact. It's no fun." said Plant before Stairway To Heaven. This entire show is unreal, with the 30 minutes of Dazed And Confused and 20 minutes of Whole Lotta Love standing out among all of the improvisations. Since I've Been Loving You is one of the most emotional and best versions ever played, bested only by the version played here on June 25th, 1972.

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JULY 6 - CHICAGO STADIUM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (FRIDAY, 8:30pm)
The show is married by equipment problems and riotous audience.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), Communication Breakdown (<< The Crunge..).
Source: Complete good 1st audience recording. 151 minutes.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< The Crunge..).
Source: Incomplete fair 2nd audience recording. 138 minutes.
Details: The tape is very distant and bassy with vocals and guitar being the most prominent in the mix.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< The Crunge..).
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 154 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: The Atrocity Exhibition (Scorpio "new"), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), IV 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), Grandiloquence (Antrabata Reference Master), Not Quiet On The Midwestern Front Part 3/Razed And Confused (Flying Disc Music), Second City Showdown (Midas Touch), & Sweet Dreams Chicago (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 3CD & 6CD)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience 1 & soundboard mixes: Sweet Dreams, Chicago (Empress Valley Supreme Disc 6CD) & Windy City Adventure (Wendy Records)

Comments: This is the first show of the second leg of the 1973 US Tour and a very rough performance for Robert's voice. At the start of the show it is completely gone and he cannot even hit his middle range. By the middle he warms up a bit but he is still rough and weak throughout. Also were there some PA problems as well as problems with fighting audience so Plant called them down several times during the show "I'd really be obliged if you could cool all that! There's no need to be fighting. I'm sure there's plenty of fights to eatch outside ... There is some sensible reason why these people are doing this ... I have never seen so much leeriness and violence, so cool it! Can you dig that?" Plant blamed the audience several times during the show). The band, however, is tense and thus brutal in their readings while PA system is invalid at some points. Jimmy's soloing is out of this world and the rhythm section commands the long improvisations in Dazed And Confused. A very poor choice for an encore due to Robert's voice and overall, an uneven performance.

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JULY 7 - CHICAGO STADIUM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (SATURDAY, 8:30pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day [ cut ], [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Moby Dick, Heartbreaker (<< Bouree, Feelin' Groovy..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], Communication Breakdown.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 156 minutes.
Details: The recorder was close to the front of the stage and near the centre. There is virtually no audience chatter and yelling. The instruments are balanced properly, lacking only bottom end a bit.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Chicago 1973 2nd Night (Lighthouse), In The Windy City II (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), & Untouchable (Electric Magic)

Comments: Rather mixed performance. While Celebration Day sounded on fire, Over The Hills And Far Away sounds extremely sluggish. Jimmy saves it all with a lengthy solo and a suddenly improved guitar volume. Since I've Been Loving You is a great version with Robert's raw, raspy voice to it's full effect and Jimmy also in great form here. No Quarter is a perfect version 1973 style without the enhancements of 1975/77. Bonzo adds a bit of tympani here and there during the keyboard solo. Page joins very quickly for the jam. With Dazed And Confused Plant is seems to be recovered now and adlibs and screams at will. Together with 1972 these are the best versions of this song. A great version here, followed by a strong medley of Heartbreaker and Whole Lotta Love.

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JULY 8 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (SUNDAY) (discredited)


JULY 9 - ST. PAUL CIVIC CENTER ARENA, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (MONDAY, 8pm)
The date started an hour late.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], Moby Dick, [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) [ cut ] >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 155 minutes.
Details: The tape is distant and boomy but all the instruments are discernible. Some distortion occurs at louder passages but it is acceptable.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): The Complete Performance In Minnesota (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Comments: This show starts off very slow and sluggish. The band is more loose than tight and Robert's voice is incredibly raspy and in poor shape, much like the Chicago shows from three days earlier. However, by Dazed And Confused, his voice is strong and his singing is amazing. Dazed is very long and very loose but exciting and Jimmy's solo in Stairway To Heaven is sheer beauty. The final three songs rock very hard and the improvisations are very spontaneous, loose, and thrilling to hear! A great recovery! What very exciting, Page plays an opening intro to Dancing Days just before Misty Mountain Hop and the Laurel and Hardy theme just before Dazed. John Bonham was announced as the one who "comes to you courtesy of the makers of Quaaludes".

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JULY 10 - MILWAUKEE ARENA, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN (TUESDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 117 minutes.
Details: The tape is quite distant, noisy, overloaded and muffled at times. Still keeps its clarity though. After the Rain Song there's a cut and music from another band briefly - actually The Rolling Stones.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): One More For The Road (Red Hot), Milwaukee In The Bonanza (Tarantura2000), & Rock And Roll Bonanza (Electric Magic)

Comments: Robert starts this show very low and hoarse but he recovers halfway through. The band is on top form however, and from the brutal middle of Rock And Roll, this is a great show. Plant asked the audience, if they remember the 1969 gig: "Good evening! It's very nice to be back. When did we come here last? 1969, was it? Do you remember that festival where it rained all day? Well, anyway, a lot of things changed since then, and we've had a few experiences as well." Black Dog is wonderful, and Jimmy tears his heart and soul out for a beautiful Since I've Been Loving You. Dazed And Confused is just great, with the rhythm changes and spontaneous additions making it slightly different and a great listen.

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JULY 12 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MICHIGAN (THURSDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, St. Stephen, Going Down, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Communication Breakdown (<< The Crunge..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good to excellent audience recording. 144 minutes.
Details: The tape is clear and a bit noisy in the high end with Page slightly buried in the mix at times. But generally this source belongs to one of the best of the entire tour and the live atmosphere is captured here in a truly amazing style.

Bootleg LP Reference(s): Detroit Cobo Hall (Led)

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Detroit Rock City (Lemon Song), Detroit Rock City 1973 (Graf Zeppelin), Detroit Hard Rock City (Wendy Records, original & reissue), Motor City Daze (Antrabata Reference Master), People Inside The Houses Of The Holy (Beelzebub Records), & Rock And Roll Ever (Akashic)

Comments: This is one of the greatest Led Zeppelin concerts ever! A killer show from the band, especially Jones, who's bass is particularly aggressive. The funky jamming in Whole Lotta Love is excellent with the bass and drums working overtime while Jimmy's Theremin and Robert's shrieks battle over the cooking rhythm section! A great version of Dazed And Confused played here too! The Ocean encore is preceded by Bonham's talk whenre he explaining that on this song he was allowed to shout. Sounds really, really great except for some incredibly idiotic and moronic singing by the taper. Also some stupid folks thrown few firecrackers on stage what provocated Plant to the following comment: "Don't thrown anymore firecrackers, 'cos that's silly! It breaks the concetration, of which we've got very little left."

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JULY 13 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MICHIGAN (FRIDAY)

Recording Includes: Moby Dick, [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Dancing Days [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 55 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Detroit Rock City 1973 (Graf Zeppelin), Detroit Hard Rock City (Wendy Records, original & reissue), V 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), Fly Over Nuremburg (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Monsters Of Rock (Tarantura), People Inside The Houses Of The Holy (Beelzebub Records), Song Of Detroit (Celebration Definitive Masters), & Stroke In Stoke (no label (Red Devil))

Comments: These are only the last four songs from the show and all that is known to exist from it. Robert's voice sounds really damaged but the band is unreal in Whole Lotta Love and Jimmy's soloing in Heartbreaker is breathtaking. This is the only time Dancing Days was played on the US Tour in 1973 and the last time it was ever played in electric form ... it would show up in the acoustic sections of 1977!

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JULY 15 - BUFFALO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BUFFALO, NEW YORK (SUNDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You [ cut ], No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun, Gallows Pole..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 159 minutes.
Details: The tape is distant, muffled and highly overloaded with mild tape disturbances throughout.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 112 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Slowing Down In Buffalo (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series) (People's Choice), In Concert And Beyond (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), Misty Mountain Crop/Razed And Confused (Flying Disc Music), Slowing Down In Buffalo (The Chronicles Of Led Zeppelin), & Where The Zeppelin Roam (Midas Touch)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: Silly Putty (Wendy Records)

Comments: This show is clearly not one of the best from this tour. Page makes many mistakes in Dazed And Confused and Stairway To Heaven sounds by rote a hair but during the last hour the whole band seems to be returned from sluggishness. Sadly, several huge explosions distract the group (especially during the violin bow solo).

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JULY 17 - SEATTLE CENTER COLISEUM, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (TUESDAY)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ cut ] >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete excellent 1st audience recording. 103 minutes.
Details: The tape is great balanced and very clear audience recording but some small parts are kinda less bright and there are occasional channel drop-outs. The sound seems to be recorded much close to the stage. It could have more bass though. For many years it was strongly believed that original tapes been lost but in 2011 it turned out that they have survived but one side has been wiped and that caused Stairway To Heaven is missing and Whole Lotta Love is incomplete. The master debuts with Heartbreaker while vinyl has some parts missing.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements, [ cut ], Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete excellent 2nd audience recording. 177 minutes.
Details: This tape can really give the listener an authentic feeling and sense of being at the show. Somewhat bassy, this is the only drawback of tape if even.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent soundboard recording. 114 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Bootleg LP Reference(s) audience source 1: Best Of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1 (Rock Solid Records), The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records), V1/2 (Trade Mark Of Quality), V1/2 Led Zeppelin Performed Live In Seattle (Highway HiFi), Led Zeppelin Film Can (Rock Solid Records), Live In Seattle (The Amazing Kornyfone Record Label, Seat & Trade Mark Of Quality), Live In Seattle 1973 (Wind Records), On Tour (Berkeley & Black Gold Concerts), Seattle 73 (Phoenix), Seattle Daze (Box Top Records), & Trade Mark Of Quality Years (Trade Mark Of Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2: V 1/2 (Cobra Standard Series), Grandiloquence (Antrabata Reference Master), Seattle Daze (Image Quality), & Zep Hakase (Akashic)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 1 & 2 mixes: Complete Seattle (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), V 1/2 (Graf Zeppelin), & Performed Live In Seattle (Eat A Peach)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: V 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Grandiloquence (Antrabata Reference Master), & Monsters Of Rock (Tarantura)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience source 2 & soundboard mixes: Afterburner (Cashmere), V 1/2 (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original and reissue & Graf Zeppelin), V 1/2 Extravaganza (Badgeholders), & Performed Live In Seattle (Tarantura2000 & Wendy Records)

Comments: Another of the great 1973 US Tour shows ... from the onset the band is ready to play and they take no prisoners! The show, surprisingly, was followed by a very long announcements: "Led Zeppelin has aksed if we can get a few things straight tonight. Nobody around here digs any fireworks - please cool the fireworks. Please also, we have an area right here in front of the stage where we have many optic effects that we need to get off tonight, that we can't have any chance of anybody bumping the stage 'cos it'll completely ruin them. Their show usually runs about one hour and fortyfive minutes. If you can keep the fireworks down and keep everything off the front, Led Zeppelin would like to thank you and do about three hours tonight! So, sit back and stay cool and we'll have a long great show this evening!" The improvisations, especially No Quarter and the immensely long Dazed And Confused are fresh and unique and sound very different from anything heard before. The end has very unusual and exciting rhythm structure in Whole Lotta Love and Robert screaming as the band jam on the end of The Ocean.

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JULY 18 - PACIFIC COLISEUM, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (WEDNESDAY)
The show is stopped because Robert Plant was reportedly given a "spiked" drink while backstage causing him to fall ill.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro [ cut ] >> Black Dog [ cut ], Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter, [ cut ], Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 85 minutes.
Details: This is quite clear tape with all the instruments defined. There are a few volume fluctuations but overall it is stable. This recording is also a little muffled.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Canada Dry (Tarantura), Cut In The 70's (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin), No Firecrackers (Electric Magic), Taking A Spiked Drink (Tarantura2000), Twopenny Upright (Antrabata Reference Master), & Vancouver 1973 (Lighthouse)

Comments: The performance is not as terrible as to be reported by several resources but it's obvious that the whole group is not on fire tonight. The concert in itself is a little slow, Plant is tired but performs well and the rest of the band is in very good form, especially Page who plays great solos in Over the Hills And Far Away, Since I've Been Loving You and No Quarter. The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song were not recorded but Dazed And Confused and Stairway To Heaven follows. But after that the show comes to an abrupt end when the announcer says that Robert Plant is being taking to the hospital due to collapsing with exhaution.

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JULY 19 - THE SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (THURSDAY) (discredited)


JULY 20 - BOSTON GARDEN, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (FRIDAY, 8pm)
The show is truncated due to riotous audience.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven], [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete fair to good 1st audience recording. 109 minutes.
Details: This is a distant but mostly clear recording with some boomy bass and echoey spectrum, also muddled sound at times.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete good 2nd audience recording. 115 minutes.
Details: This tape sounds somewhat closer to the stage and consequently presents louder/clearer music but it still suffers from boomy bass and an overall echo which seems to plague the other recording.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1: Boston Cream Pie (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 4CD) & Zep Vs. Boston (Image Quality)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 2: Boston Journal ~ Wreckage In Boston: Wrecks Havoc (Tarantura2000), Thank You And Goodnight Led Zeppelin Are Gone (Beelzebub Records), & Wild And Relatively Mellow (Badgeholders)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) source 1 & 2 mixes: Boston 1973 (Lighthouse), Boston Cream Pie (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 4CD), & Take It Easy! (Tarantura2000)

Comments: Two things plague the show: Robert's very weak voice and the out of control crowd. The band drops Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You, and Moby Dick in efforts to calm the crowd. The band itself is playing really well, and Dazed And Confused is a great version. However, the crowd is out of control and the band punishes them with no encores, ending the show at slightly less than two hours. The crowd can't believe it, but that's what they get for not heeding the pleas of Robert when people are getting crushed in front. Robert even sings "Take it easy" in the middle of Dazed but to no avail. The show is played really well though.

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JULY 21 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (SATURDAY, 8pm)

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same [ cut ] >> The Rain Song [ cut ], [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, [ cut ], Moby Dick [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun [ cut ]..) [ cut ], [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good audience recording. 134 minutes.
Details: The tape is well listenable. All instruments come through great and there are no harsh points to it.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): LZ Rider (Tarantura), LZ Rhoder (Thin Men), On The Rhode Again (Image Quality), Providence 1973 (Lighthouse), & There's So Much More Sound To Hear (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: This show is simply hot! The whole band is on and plays incredibly powerful, beautiful music. Robert has recovered most of his range it seems, even letting some unearthly screams out in Dazed And Confused and Since I've Been Loving You. Jimmy is a man possessed and the rhythm section plays as if they were the lead instruments too! Highlights from this wholly excellent show include one of the best No Quarter versions ever, an amazing Dazed and the earth shaking Heartbreaker into Whole Lotta Love. Funny, after No Quarter, Plant is interrupted when a girl in the audience throws her phone number onstage. Amidst making a joke about giving it to the security guards.

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JULY 23 - BALTIMORE CIVIC CENTER, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (MONDAY, 8pm)
Rumoured to be professionally recorded. Backstage scenes were professionally filmed and used on The Song Remains The Same movie in 1976. The show itself is married by some riotous members of the audience.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker (<< Bouree..) >> Whole Lotta Love (<< Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete poor to fair audience recording. 186 minutes.
Details: The main drawback of this tape is distortion - sometimes this is very hard to listening. The other problem is that one channel is almost indecipherable. Possibly the microphone was damaged so you need to turn on your equipment to mono to be able hearing this one properly. Add very large tape hiss and you have a really poor sounding source. The show was recorded far way from the stage what caused of distant and dull sound. The taper keeps the recorder on for a long time after the show that's why it is so long.

Bootleg CD Reference(s): Baltimore Jack (The Diagrams Of Led Zeppelin)

Official Visual Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video)

Comments: A very overlooked show but one of the best from the end of the tour. A rather rowdy audience is called to calm down during Since I've Been Loving You. Robert's voice is surprisingly strong and he reaches up high at the end of Rock And Roll and shreds his vocal chords in a great version of Since. The band is playing very slick and Page completely reverses the sections of Dazed And Confused, and the end result is a very dynamic and gutsy version. The end blowout of Heartbreaker to the encore is pure Zeppelin nirvana and the crowd's approval is deafening. As a bonus, this show also happens to be the first show that Joe Massot and his film crew were on hand to film the band. It's not known exactly what the film crew may or may not have captured on this night. The footage from the movie that features Grant backstage cussing out the promoter over the sale of pirate posters at the gig is from this show. Oddly enough, in that very footage one can hear the band doing "Dazed And Confused" in the background.

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JULY 24 - THREE RIVERS STADIUM, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (TUESDAY, show starts at dark)
Little Feat provided the support. Rumoured to be professionally recorded. Some short sentences were professinally filmed and used on The Song Remains The Same movie in 1976 and "Whole Lotta Love" promo video in 1997.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 1st audience recording. Near 115 minutes.
Details: This recording is kinda rough if not a bit muffled in places and lacks bottom line rather significantly. All the instruments fairly balanced. The comments from members of audience are presented here.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, [ cut ], Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], Heartbreaker [ cut ] >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete very good 2nd audience recording. Almost 57 minutes.
Details: This is fairly clear and quite balanced tape with a nice "echo" atmosphere since the concert was an outdoor one. An occasional noise from some audience members is here. All instruments and Plant's vocals are almost always clear and I am positive that this recording was made rather close to the stage.

Recording Includes: Band Announcements [ cut ], Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete good to very good 3rd audience recording. 126 minutes.
Details: There is some distortion on the tape that is very noticeable as recording goes up to the end but for the most part it is rather clear and bright. Also, there is a hiss that is very listenable where distortion is growing. Taped under the overhang too on the second level.

Recording Includes: Miscellaneous scenes (the group boarding plane, on plane, and limousine convoy), Band Announcements, Rock And Roll, Black Dog [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 4 minutes.
Details: The video is shot very closely onstage, from the right side. Taped by one of roadies. The official DVD has a snippet of this 8mm clip as well as a few frames of pro 16mm color footage in the credits clip of the 2003 official DVD. Some copies are synched up with official audio during non-music content.

Bootleg CD Reference(s) quick review: Hello Pittsburgh (Image Quality), Pittsburgh Steelers (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Resurrection (Electric Magic), & Whatever Happened To The Stars? (Beelzebub Records)

Mixes CD Reference(s):
Hello Pittsburgh (Image Quality) - sources no. 1&2.
Pittsburgh Steelers (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) - sources no. 1,2&3.
The Resurrection (Electric Magic) - sources no. 1&2.
Whatever Happened To The Stars? (Beelzebub Records) - source no. 3.

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision), The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video), & Whole Lotta Love (promo video)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s): Assemblage (Cosmic Energy) & Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules)

Comments: A really great, vibrant recording of an absolutely riotous show! After the sluggish start of the 2nd leg of the tour, things have been heating up and this show is definitely a fine example! The crowd's way into it and the band overplay themselves by giving one of the most visceral, savage concerts ever! The machine of Page, Jones and Bonham is beyond description, especially in the immense Dazed And Confused with its very long and eerie bow solo and amazing interplay in the middle. No Quarter is also funky and hard and Jimmy gives us one of his longest and best solos linking Misty Mountain Hop and Since I've Been Loving You. Heartbreaker begins with Bonham pounding all hell out of his kit and the ending numbers are a joy to hear, especially how Robert controls the crowd. His voice has been powerful and savage this whole show.

WARNING! Some sources reported that another tape of this show exist and may still be in the hands of a tape hoarder. Possibly whole show was recorded but a very big care must be taken with these reports.

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JULY 27 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (FRIDAY, 8pm)
Whole concert was professionally recorded and filmed. Released on The Song Remains The Same movie and video soundtrack in 1976. Fragments of pro shot video were used for "Travelling Riverside Blues" (late 1990), "Over The Hills And Far Away" (late 1990) and "Whole Lotta Love" (1997) promo videos. Finally, pro shot video was also released on DVD in 2003.

Recording Includes: The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), Band Announcements, The Ocean, Band Announcements.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 98 minutes.
Details: The tape is a bit muddy but fairly clear with noticeable overload distortion and some hiss.

Recording Includes: Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], Band Announcements, The Ocean [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent 1st soundboard recording. 47 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Moby Dick, [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun [ cut ]..) [ cut ], [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete excellent 2nd soundboard recording. 50 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape that is brighter than above version and reveals slightly different mix.

Recording Includes: Dazed And Confused [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven.
Source: Incomplete excellent 3rd soundboard recording: 13 minutes.
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitrack that differs much from both previous board tapes.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Complete superb 4th soundboard recording. Near 100 minutes (1976 soundtrack); Almost 132 minutes (2007 soundtrack).
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitracks from all three nights mixed together and released originally in 1976 as "The Song Remains The Same" movie soundtrack. In 2007, an expanded reissue came out, covering few songs not available before. It is worth to mention that movie soundtrack differs much from video and reveals, for some parts, completely different mixes for most of the songs.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop, Since I've Been Loving You [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 10 minutes.
Details: Very close to the stage. This was transfered to video using a videocamera shooting a home screening of the film. Some versions have sound dubbed with board tape from July 27th and 28th, 1973 audios. Some versions have sound dubbed from bootleg and official sources. Some of them are just one song dub.

Recording Includes: Intro/Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion), Celebration Day (intro), Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, No Quarter (middle section), Since I've Been Loving You (ending), Whole Lotta Love (excerpt), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion). The film also features scene outside the venue and short interviews with fans in between "Rain Song" and "Moby Dick".
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 36 minutes.
Details: These are multi-cam outtakes from the official film of all three nights mixed up. The video shows fragments of the whole set and is released as semi-official title "First Cuts" from cuts directed by Joe Massot. There are reports saying that more complete footage exists but most likely it is now fully copyrighted and unavailable from the market. Except for The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song, many songs are very fragmentary, sometimes reveailing only several seconds of actual content.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 132 minutes (1976 movie); 157 minutes (2007 movie); 23 minutes (2003 DVD). [ Times reveals non-musical movie contents also. ]
Details: These are multi-cam shots used to produce 1976 "The Song Remains The Same" movie. The movie focuses mainly on live shots of three nights mixed up along with non-musical content (such as fantasy sequences). The original movie has some scenes shot on airport that are actually from Pittsburgh July 23rd. The 2003 "DVD" release adds "Black Dog", "Since I've Been Loving You", various crowd shots taken from 8mm amateur footages and backstage footage (found on menu). The 2007 reissue expanding original content, and adds "Celebration Day" (full version), "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Ocean". It's worth to mention that both 1976 and 2007 issues have subsequent alternate cuts added to original footage due to 'crucial holes' that were shot at Shepperton Studios in August 1974 on a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage.

Official LP Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard source 1: Loose Ends (Supercharded Records)

Official CD Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: The Out Of Song Remains (Holy)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard source 1: Discover America (Tarantura), The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd), & Grandiloquence (Antrabata Reference Master)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard source 2: V 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), V1/2 Extravaganza (Badgeholders), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Complete Madison Square Garden (Wendy Records), & The Safecracker's Show (Midas Touch)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard source 3: V 1/2+ (Last Stand Disc), Best Of Tour 1973 (Forever Standard Series), Grandiloquence (Antrabata Reference Master), & The Safecracker's Show (Midas Touch)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard source 1 & 2 mixes: The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd), & A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg & Official Mix CD Reference(s) soundboard sources: Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) & The Song Remains The Same (Tarantura2000)

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision), Over The Hills And Far Away (promo video), The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video, 1976 & 2007 editions), Travelling Riverside Blues (promo video), & Whole Lotta Love (promo video)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) amateur footage: 1973 (Cosmic Energy), Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), & The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional footage: 1973 (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir: Interviews And More (Hercules), The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd), In For A Quick Garden (Lighthouse), & Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: Well ... a historic gem and only a portion! Plant introducing Stairway To Heaven saying: "I think this is a song of hope..." and he suddenly ad-libs "...and it's a very quiet song so shut up!" but only the first part of his introduction can be heard on movie and soundtrack. Bonham launching with a fury his drum introduction to Heartbreaker and then heavily leads the band with Whole Lotta Love.

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JULY 28 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (SATURDAY, 8pm)
Whole concert was professionally recorded and filmed. Released on The Song Remains The Same movie and video soundtrack in 1976. Some parts of unofficial amateur footage and pro shot video were used on the DVD in 2003. Pro shot sentences can be also found on "Travelling Riverside Blues" (late 1990), "Over The Hills And Far Away" (late 1990) and "Whole Lotta Love" (1997) promo videos.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll [ cut ] >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter, [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), [ cut ], The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete good audience recording. 113 minutes.
Details: A distant tape with some hiss, also muffled. The music is fairly listenable but not too much above that since it was taped far away from the PA system.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song [ cut ], Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent 1st soundboard recording. Near 167 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Moby Dick, [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..) [ cut ], The Ocean [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete excellent 2nd soundboard recording. Almost 59 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape with wider spectrum than basic, longer version.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Complete superb 3rd soundboard recording. Near 100 minutes (1976 soundtrack); Almost 132 minutes (2007 soundtrack).
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitracks from all three nights mixed together and released originally in 1976 as "The Song Remains The Same" movie soundtrack. In 2007, an expanded reissue came out, covering few songs not available before. It is worth to mention that movie soundtrack differs much from video and reveals, for some parts, completely different mixes for most of the songs.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll, Celebration Day, Over The Hills And Far Away, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same, The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love, The Ocean [ cut throughout ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. Almost 11 minutes.
Details: Full stage view, taped from some distance. Some versions have sound dubbed from bootleg and official sources. The LZ Official YouTube channel version is more than one minute shorter. The 2003 DVD has a snippet of this clip in the credits video. It's also used for some inserts in Black Dog on the same DVD.

Recording Includes: Intro/Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion), Celebration Day (intro), Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, No Quarter (middle section), Since I've Been Loving You (ending), Whole Lotta Love (excerpt), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion). The film also features scene outside the venue and short interviews with fans in between "Rain Song" and "Moby Dick".
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 36 minutes.
Details: These are multi-cam outtakes from the official film of all three nights mixed up. The video shows fragments of the whole set and is released as semi-official title "First Cuts" from cuts directed by Joe Massot. There are reports saying that more complete footage exists but most likely it is now fully copyrighted and unavailable from the market. Except for The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song, many songs are very fragmentary, sometimes reveailing only several seconds of actual content.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 132 minutes (1976 movie); 157 minutes (2007 movie); 23 minutes (2003 DVD). [ Times reveals non-musical movie contents also. ]
Details: These are multi-cam shots used to produce 1976 "The Song Remains The Same" movie. The movie focuses mainly on live shots of three nights mixed up along with non-musical content (such as fantasy sequences). The original movie has some scenes shot on airport that are actually from Pittsburgh July 23rd. The 2003 "DVD" release adds "Black Dog", "Since I've Been Loving You", various crowd shots taken from 8mm amateur footages and backstage footage (found on menu). The 2007 reissue expanding original content, and adds "Celebration Day" (full version), "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Ocean". It's worth to mention that both 1976 and 2007 issues have subsequent alternate cuts added to original footage due to 'crucial holes' that were shot at Shepperton Studios in August 1974 on a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage.

Official LP Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Bootleg LP Reference(s) soundboard source 1: Duck-Walks & Lasers (Box Top, & Rock Solid Records both issues) & The Final Option (Rock Solid Records & The Swingin' Pig Records)

Official CD Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard source 1: The 9th US Tour (Whole Lotta Live), Complete Madison Square Garden (Wendy Records), Discover America (Tarantura), Electric Magic (Scorpio "old"), Grand Finale (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Final Statements (Antrabata Reference Master), MSG (Cannonball), One More Magic (Immigrant), Out From The Movie (Forever Standard Series))), Tour-De-Force (Tarantura), & Towa No Uta (Tarantura2000)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard source 2: The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard source 1 mixes: The Effect Is Shattering... (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, original & reissue), Madison Square Garden Deux (Wendy Records), & A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard source 1 & 2 mixes: The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd & 6cd)

Bootleg & Official Mix CD Reference(s): Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) & The Song Remains The Same (Tarantura2000)

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision), Over The Hills And Far Away (promo video), The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video, 1976 & 2007 editions), Travelling Riverside Blues (promo video), & Whole Lotta Love (promo video)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) amateur footage: 1973 (Cosmic Energy), Assemblage II (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), & The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional footage: 1973 (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir: Interviews And More (Hercules), The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd), In For A Quick Garden (Lighthouse), & Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: The second show of the three night stand and the second to last of the 1973 tour, this is a very good, although somewhat loose show. Robert's voice alternates between being very strong and creaking a bit but it is surprisingly strong in Since I've Been Loving You and Stairway To Heaven. The band is playing very well, in a loose and exciting Dazed And Confused. Moby Dick is extremely long yet somewhat exciting and the last three numbers rock hard! But there's something really special with this gig - some serious excerpts are used on official movie and soundtrack; just listen to the middle section of No Quarter, Dazed And Confused and Bonham's drum solo ... fantastic!

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JULY 29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK (SUNDAY, 8pm)
Whole concert was professionally recorded and filmed. Released on The Song Remains The Same movide and video soundtrack in 1976. Backstage scenes and some pro shot video were used on DVD in 2003. Pro shot sentences can be also found on "Travelling Riverside Blues" (late 1990), "Over The Hills And Far Away" (late 1990) and "Whole Lotta Love" (1997) promo videos. The West Indian fire-eater, Mike Quashie made his short appearance setting gong and drum stick on fire while Bonham playing his drums at the end of Whole Lotta Love.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick [ cut ], Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun, Drum Solo..), [ cut ], The Ocean, [ cut ], Organ Solo [ cut ] >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete fair to good audience recording. 183 minutes.
Details: The sound quality is muddy and rather very distant at the beginning but improves a bit after few songs, where even the bass becomes more distinct.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, [ cut ], No Quarter [ cut ], [ cut ], The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..) [ cut ], [ cut ], Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun, Drum Solo..), [ cut ], The Ocean [ cut ], [ cut ], Organ Solo >> Thank You.
Source: Incomplete excellent 1st soundboard recording. Near 167 minutes.
Details: The recording is a very good balanced professional board tape.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Complete superb 2nd soundboard recording. Near 100 minutes (1976 soundtrack); Almost 132 minutes (2007 soundtrack).
Details: The recording is a fully professional mixdown of multitracks from all three nights mixed together and released originally in 1976 as "The Song Remains The Same" movie soundtrack. In 2007, an expanded reissue came out, covering few songs not available before. It is worth to mention that movie soundtrack differs much from video and reveals, for some parts, completely different mixes for most of the songs.

Recording Includes: Miscellaneous scenes (airport arrival), Dazed And Confused [ cut ].
Source: Incomplete 8mm silent color amateur footage. 3 minutes.
Details: The video is shot shot very closely from the right side of the stage. Some versions have sound dubbed with existing audios, also adds official audio for non-music content. Some of them are erroneously billed as being from June 28th, 1973. The official DVD has a snippet of this clip in the credits video. This clip used to be known as "Baltimore 73". The LZ Official YouTube channel version excludes non-music content.

Recording Includes: Intro/Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion), Celebration Day (intro), Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, No Quarter (middle section), Since I've Been Loving You (ending), Whole Lotta Love (excerpt), The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Moby Dick, Dazed And Confused (bow sequence), Whole Lotta Love (conclusion). The film also features scene outside the venue and short interviews with fans in between "Rain Song" and "Moby Dick".
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 36 minutes.
Details: These are multi-cam outtakes from the official film of all three nights mixed up. The video shows fragments of the whole set and is released as semi-official title "First Cuts" from cuts directed by Joe Massot. There are reports saying that more complete footage exists but most likely it is now fully copyrighted and unavailable from the market. Except for The Song Remains The Same and The Rain Song, many songs are very fragmentary, sometimes reveailing only several seconds of actual content.

Recording Includes: Rock And Roll >> Celebration Day >> Bring It On Home Intro >> Black Dog, Over The Hills And Far Away, Misty Mountain Hop >> Since I've Been Loving You, No Quarter, The Song Remains The Same >> The Rain Song, Dazed And Confused (<< San Francisco..), Stairway To Heaven, Moby Dick, Heartbreaker >> Whole Lotta Love (<< The Crunge, Boogie Chillun..), The Ocean.
Source: Incomplete 16mm & 35mm professional footage with actual sound. 132 minutes (1976 movie); 157 minutes (2007 movie); 23 minutes (2003 DVD). [ Times reveals non-musical movie contents also. ]
Details: These are multi-cam shots used to produce 1976 "The Song Remains The Same" movie. The movie focuses mainly on live shots of three nights mixed up along with non-musical content (such as fantasy sequences). The original movie has some scenes shot on airport that are actually from Pittsburgh July 23rd. The 2003 "DVD" release adds "Black Dog", "Since I've Been Loving You", various crowd shots taken from 8mm amateur footages and backstage footage (found on menu). The 2007 reissue expanding original content, and adds "Celebration Day" (full version), "Over The Hills And Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop" and "The Ocean". It's worth to mention that both 1976 and 2007 issues have subsequent alternate cuts added to original footage due to 'crucial holes' that were shot at Shepperton Studios in August 1974 on a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage.

Official LP Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Official CD Reference(s): The Song Remains The Same (Swan Song)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience: Grand Finale (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) soundboard: A 2 Last Nights (Tarantura), Grand Finale (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), Missing Doll (Tarantura2000), MSG 1973 (Firepower), A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records), & The Trade Mark Of Quality Masters Volume One: Tattle Tales (Flying Disc Music)

Bootleg CD Reference(s) audience & soundboard mixes: The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd & 6cd), Grand Finale (Empress Valley Supreme Disc), The Last Of The Last (Tarantura2000), Madison Square Garden Trois (Wendy Records), Missing Doll (Tarantura2000), & A Rock 'N' Roll Institution (Beelzebub Records)

Bootleg & Official Mix CD Reference(s): Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc) & The Song Remains The Same (Tarantura2000)

Official Visual Reference(s): DVD (Warner Music Vision), Over The Hills And Far Away (promo video), The Song Remains The Same (Warner Video, 1976 & 2007 editions), Travelling Riverside Blues (promo video), & Whole Lotta Love (promo video)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) amateur footage: Assemblage (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), & The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd)

Bootleg Visual Reference(s) professional footage: 1973 (Cosmic Energy), Film Noir Volume 1 - 1969~1975 (Hercules), The Garden Tapes: The Song Remains The Same Concerts (Expanded And Revisited Collector's Edition) (Empress Valley Supreme Disc, 18cd), In For A Quick Garden (Lighthouse), & Live At Madison Square Garden Working Tapes (Empress Valley Supreme Disc)

Comments: The final New York show and the last concert of the 1973 Tour. The opening numbers are just powered through and Jimmy's playing is spectacular! "I gotta put you straight on a couple of things. This year in America we decided to work extra hard, so we did two tours and this is the last night of the last tour." stated Plant at the beginning of the concert. Jones is excellent on bass and turns in some great keyboard playing, especially on No Quarter. Dazed And Confused is an excellent version and by Stairway To Heaven, the band has left mere mortal status. Moby Dick is immensely long and rather boring but from Heartbreaker to the end, there is a riot that has the crowd, as well as the listener, in an absolute frenzy ... the music's that good! That ending of the show is notable for Bonham’s extended workout at the very end of Whole Lotta Love. While he bangs away, he’s joined by belly dancers on stage as Plant tries to end the song several times.

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